Kildare captan, Eoin Doyle
Kildare did it the hard against Cork in Pairc Ui Chaoimh this afternoon, defeating the home side 1-10 to 0-10.
Ahead by two at the break, Kildare lost Fergal Conway to a black early in the second half but the Celbridge man was on a yellow so off the rest of the game.
It looked like trouble then when Cork leveled but The Lilies responded well with substitute Neil Flynn firing over three points to put them back in the driving seat.
Keith Cribbin picked up a late black while Cork lost Brian Hurley was given a straight red after a 'tackle' on Neil Flynn.
Not a great game by any stretch but a vital win nevertheless for Kildare.
Scorers: Kildare, Kevin Feely 1-1 (penalty), Neil Flynn 0-3 (45), Ben McCormack 0-2, Jimmy Hyland 0-1 (free), Fionn Dowling 0-1, Adam Tyrrell 0-2 (2 frees).
Cork, Michael Hurley 0-5, Ruairí Deane 0-1 (free), Luke Connolly 0-2 (2 frees), Mark Collins 0-1 (free), Sean White 0-1.
KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Mark Dempsey, Mick O’Grady; David Hyland; James Murray, Eoin Doyle cpt., Keith Cribbin; Kevin Feely, Fergal Conway; Conor Hartley, Fionn Dowling, Adam Tyrrell; David Slattery, Ben McCormack, Jimmy Hyland. Subs: Aaron Masterson for Conor Hartley (half time); Neil Flynn for Fionn Dowling (44 minutes): Cian O'Donoghue for James Murray (54 minutes); Eoghan O'Flaherty for Adam Tyrrell (57 minutes); Jason Gibbons for Jimmy Hyland (66 minutes);.
CORK: Mark White; Kevin O’Donovan, Kevin Flahive, Conor Dennehy; James Loughrey, Stephen Cronin, Mathew Taylor; Ian Maguire, Ronan O’Toole; Tomás Clancy, Eoghan McSweeney, Mark Collins; Michael Hurley, Ruairi Deane, Luke Connolly. Subs Paul Kerrigan for Eoghan McSweeney (half time); Sean White for Ronan O'Toole (49 minutes); Liamm O'Donovan for James Loughrey (54 minutes); Brian Hurley for Luke Connolly (56 minutes); Cillian O'Hanlon for Tom Clancy (61 minutes).
Referee: Sean Lonergan, Tipperary.